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Well it's April 1st & even though it's April Fools' Day, there's 1 television network is reaching the big 3-5 & that network is the iconic, legendary, 24 hour 1st channel for both kids & teens, the 1 & only, Nickelodeon!

Nick's legendary history originally started in 1977 as Pinwheel (Yes Pinwheel is the same name of Nick's early shows that set the tone for Nick Jr. in 1988), but all that would change when on April 1st of 1979 when Pinwheel was renamed as Nickelodeon with a new name comes early successful shows like, Pinwheel, America Goes Bananaz, Against The Odds with the late great Bill Bixby of The Incredible Hulk fame, Video Comics, Kids' Writes, Hocus Focus, Dusty's Treehouse, Mr. Wizard's World, The Third Eye, Reggie Jackson's World Of Sports, & Nick's 1st & only teen talk show LiveWire with future voice actor & the legendary voice of Skeeter Valentine in Jim Jenkins' Doug, Freddy Newman.

But it took a canadian kids & teens sketch comedy show that will take Nick to a whole new level, & that show is called You Can't Do That On Television!, 1 of Nick's highly early smash hit TV shows, along side with the iconic Green Slime that made Nick a household name.

Nick was the 1st network that introduced new cartoon stars i.e. early NickToons like Inspector Gadget, The Little Prince, Bananaman, Danger Mouse & it's sister series Count Duckula, Spartakus & The Sun Beneath The Sea, The Adventures Of The Little Koala, Belle & Sebastian, Maya The Bee, Grimm's Fairy Tale Theatre, The Litl' Bits, Heathcliff, & The Mysterious Cities Of Gold, as well legendary cartoon stars making their Nick debut such as Yogi Bear, Rocky & Bullwinkle, UnderDog, Charlie Brown & The Peanuts Gang, Tintin, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs & it's spinoff series Pinky & The Brain, Muppet Babies, Men In Black: The Animated Series, & of course Bugs Bunny & The Whole Entire Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies Family.

But Nick was also the 1st network to have successful family classics like Flipper, Lassie, Jeff's Collie, PowerHouse, The Electric Company, Land Of The Lost & The Brady Bunch.

Nick was the 1st network to have their own game shows like, Wild & Crazy Kids, Legends Of The Hidden Temple, GUTS, Nick Arcade, BrainSurge, Figure It Out, Make The Grade, Finders Keepers, Think Fast, Total Panic, BattleBots, & the 1 that started it all, Double Dare!

Nick's 1st mascot was Silver the colorful pinball, but in 1984 they replaced it with the iconic shapeshift orange logo.

The network launched their very own awards show for kids called The Kids' Choice Awards in 1987.

Nick also launch their own late night network for parents Nick At Nite which is still to this day as a network represents the grown up side of the 1st kids & teens network.

Then in the '90's Nick launched their very own original series with shows like Kids' Court, Don't Just Sit There!, Clarissa Explains It All, Hey Dude, RoundHouse, All That, My Brother & Me, Hi Honey, I'm Home!, Space Cases, The Mystery Files Of Shelby Woo, Caitlin's Way, Animorphs, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, Cousin Skeeter, Eureeka's Castle, Gullah Gullah Island, Allegra's Window, The Wubbulous World Of Dr. Suess, Blue's Clues, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Unfabulous, The Nick Cannon Show, Yo! Gabba! Gabba!, The Fresh Beat Band, iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, Fred: The Series, Marvin Marvin, The Troop, Scaredy Camp, The Tomorrow People, Wendell & Vinnie, See Dad Run, Instant Mom, The Thundermans, The Haunted Hathaways, Saban's Power Rangers Samurai/Super Samurai/MegaForce/Super MegaForce/Dino Charge, Sam & Cat, Weinerville, Nick News With Linda Ellerbee, The Secret World Of Alex Mack, The Journey Of Allen Strange, Taina, Noah Knows Best, The Brothers Garcia, Supah Ninjas, Space Cases, & Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

And Nick was also the 1st network to have their own original animated shows better known as NickToons, with iconic NickToon Superstars like Doug Funnie, The Rugrats & it's sister series All Grown Up!, Ren Hoek & Stimpy J. Cat, Rocko Wallaby, Ahhh!, Real Monsters, KaBlam! & it's sequel Action League Now!, Hey Arnold!, CatDog, Pelswick, As Told By Ginger, Speed Racer X, The Super Duper Sumos, The Wild Thornberries, The Angry Beavers, Kipper, Maisy, Dora The Explorer & it's spinoff series Go Diego Go!, The Wonder Pets!, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Team Umizoomi, Mike The Knight, The Backyardigans, Bubble Guppies, Peter Rabbit, Franklin Turtle, Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, Papa Beaver's Storytime, Max & Ruby, Invader Zim, The Penguins Of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legend Of Awesomeness, The P.A.W. Patrol, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Olivia, Wallykazam!, The Winx Club, Saban's Digimon Fusion, Danny Phantom, Catscratch, The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius & it's sister series Planet Sheen, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Back At The Barnyard, Oh Yeah! Cartoons which launch The Fairly Oddparents, Chark Zone, & My Life As A Teenage Robot into fully fleged series, Avatar: The Last Airbender & it's sequel The Legend Of Korra, Sanjay & Craig, Breadwinners, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rocket Power, & the legend himself SpongeBob SquarePants.

Now i know is sounds crazy but Nick has come a long way from being the newest channel of the '80's into 1 of the most incredible television networks of all time.

But rest assured folks as long they are new kids & teens checking out Nick now we know the 1st kids & teens network has got some new stuff waiting to be unleashed.

So what's the future holds for Nickelodeon after 35 years of being the granddaddy of all kids & teens networks?

The answer is simple continuing what they start it out to do, & that's by making kids & teens happy with some new shows, specials, & NickToons galore!

Well i guess there's nothing left to say but Happy Birthday Nickelodeon!

So until the next journal this is MrWonderWorks saying, See ya later, Wally Gator! :P


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Vaughn Stephen Baskin
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I Was Born And Raised In Cincinnati, Ohio And I Was Influenced By My Parents And I Watched Cool Kids And Teens Shows Back In The Days, I'm A Future Radio DJ Under The Name Of Wizardmaster Of The Airwaves Vaughn B. Electric, And I Am Single And I Want The Type Of Girl Who's Truly A Old School/New School/Next School Fan.

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